He was rushed to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) from our local St Vincent’s. After two spinal taps, CTs, blood draws, MRIs and more and within 24 hours of collapse, Max was diagnosed with acute onset Transverse Myelitis with inflammation in his brain stem, C1, C2 and C3. Max had been ventilated on the way to the LCCH and was in an induced coma. We were told not to expect any movement for a long while when he wakes up, and when he did he was paralyzed from the neck down. We were devastated but over the next week, Max was slowly brought out of his induced coma, taken off the ventilator and after eight days in PICU, he wriggled his finger and was moved to the neuro ward and then on Day 10, to rehab.